In Conversation with Christina Baker Kline

Mar 23, 2016

Orphan-Train_CropPasadena Public Library Director, the esteemed Jan Sanders will be “in conversation” with Christina Baker Kline, author of this year’s One City, One Story selection Orphan Train.

Kline discusses her experiences writing the novel, which is based on true events and a Q&A session will immediately follow.

Besides Orphan Train, Christina Baker Kline is the author of five novels, including Bird in HandThe Way Life Should BeDesire Lines and Sweet Water. She is currently at work on a novel based on the iconic painting Christina’s World, by Andrew Wyeth.


Christina Baker Kline; photo by Karin Diana

Christina Baker Kline; photo by Karin Diana


Hometown Pasadena contributor Petrea Burchard reviewed Orphan Train in June 2015. Read her review here.

In Conversation with Christina Baker Kline
Thursday, March 31st, 7-8 p.m.
Pasadena Central Library, 285 E. Walnut St., Pasadena 91101
Free event
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(Official text)
Between 1854 and 1929, so-called orphan trains ran regularly from the cities of the East Coast to the farmlands of the Midwest, carrying thousands of abandoned children whose fates would be determined by luck or chance. Would they be adopted by a kind and loving family, or would they face a childhood and adolescence of hard labor and servitude?

As a young Irish immigrant, Vivian Daly was one such child, sent by rail from New York City to an uncertain future a world away. Returning east later in life, Vivian leads a quiet, peaceful existence on the coast of Maine, the memories of her upbringing rendered a hazy blur. But in her attic, hidden in trunks, are vestiges of a turbulent past.

Seventeen-year-old Molly Ayer knows that a community-service position helping an elderly widow clean out her attic is the only thing keeping her out of juvenile hall. But as Molly helps Vivian sort through her keepsakes and possessions, she discovers that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they appear. A Penobscot Indian who has spent her youth in and out of foster homes, Molly is also an outsider being raised by strangers, and she, too, has unanswered questions about the past.

Moving between contemporary Maine and Depression-era Minnesota, Orphan Train is a powerful tale of upheaval and resilience, second chances and unexpected friendship.



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